Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Spring’s Body Beautiful

With the weather (hopefully) getting warmer, we’ll soon start to ditch the jumpers, thick tights, skirts and warm trousers in favour of lighter t-shirts, skirts and cropped trousers, exposing a bit more flesh in the process - though this may get delayed a bit this year.

At this point panic may set in. Have you neglected your skin somewhat during the winter months whilst it has been covered with heavy layers of clothing, resulting in dull, dry skin? Now’s the time to embark on a spring rescue regime for your body.

Get that skin toned for Spring
To slough off dead skin cells creating softer, brighter skin, treat yourself to a gentle body scrub such as Simple Kind To Skin Exfoliating Body Wash or Radox Spa Radiant Shower Scrub with fig and neroli oil, which smells gorgeous. Or you can make your own by mixing together sugar and olive oil to form a paste, massage onto dry areas and rinse well. If you like you can add a few drops of a scented oil to make it more interesting.

If you find body scrubs a bit too harsh, then buy a brightening body wash such as Dove Silk Glow Nourishing Body Wash, which softens and conditions skin, leaving it ‘glowing’.

After showering/bathing apply an effective body moisturiser – some target specific problems at the same time as moisturising. I recommend Nivea Firming Body Lotion Q10 Plus, which ‘promises’ that it ‘’firms skin in two weeks”, and Dove Firming Lotion that boasts ‘improved skin elasticity within 24 hours”, both of which are easily absorbed, whilst toning and moisturising your skin.  I tend to swap between the two and feel that my skin really benefits from their use.

For stubborn dry patches use Simple Derma Intensive Cream which claims to improve dry skin patches in just four days. When I applied this to a stubborn area of dry skin on my foot, it really made a difference, where other products had failed to help.

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